DONALD KOHUT INDICTED ON IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD CHARGES IN HUNTERDON COUNTY 45 COUNTS

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III and Chief of Detectives John Kuczynski announced today the indictment of Donald J. Kohut, Jr., 37, formally of Raritan Township, New Jersey. On Thursday, January 29th, Mr. Kohut was indicted by the Grand Jury of the Hunterdon County Superior Court on forty-five (45) criminal charges related to an identity theft and credit card fraud investigation. According to Prosecutor Kearns, “Detective Sergeant Peter Pfeifer of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit conducted a detailed, two-year investigation that uncovered an extensive network of fictitious businesses and related fraudulent credit card accounts. These businesses and credit card accounts were created in the names of several individuals without their knowledge or consent through the unauthorized use of their personal information. Victims were located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee.” Prosecutor Kearns would like to thank the US Secret Service Newark Field Office, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Nashville, Tennessee District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in this case. The aforementioned indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law

 

THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY FILE NO. 15000046 INDICTMENT NO. 15-01-00043-I vs STATED SESSION: NOVEMBER TERM: 2014 DONALD KOHUT Defendant COUNT 1 IDENTITY THEFT 2ND DEGREE The Grand Jurors of the State of New Jersey, for the County of Hunterdon, upon their oaths present that Donald Kohut, between February 1, 2010, and January 28, 2015, in the Township of Raritan, in the County of Hunterdon, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did obtain personal identifying information pertaining to five or more other persons and did use such personal identifying information in order to assume the identity of or represent himself as another person, without that person’s authorization and with purpose to fraudulently obtain or attempt to obtain a benefit or services, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17a(4), and against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same. COUNT 2 THEFT BY DECEPTION 2ND DEGREE The Grand Jurors of the State of New Jersey, for the County of Hunterdon, upon their oaths further present that Donald Kohut, between February 1, 2010, and January 28, 2015, in the Township of Raritan, in the County of Hunterdon, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, purposely did obtain property, belonging to various banks through creating or reinforcing a false impression, specifically by making fraudulent charges to credit card account or accounts belonging to K.C., contrary to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-4a, and N.J.S.A. 2C:20-2b(1)(a) and against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same. 1